Sir William Perkins's School
威廉伯金斯学校，威廉伯金斯中学, Guildford Road, Chertsey,
Surrey KT16 9BN
Tel: 01932 574900
Fax: 01932 574901
• GIRLS, 11–18, Day
• Pupils 560, Upper sixth 60
• Termly fees £2838
• Enquiries/application to the Registrar
What it’s like
Founded in 1725 by Sir William Perkins, in Chertsey, it moved to its present
site in 1819. It has handsome buildings, which are very well equipped, in 12
acres of attractive gardens and playing fields. Religious education is
non-denominational. A sound general education is provided and examination
results are very good. Music and drama are both very strong. Many girls play an
instrument and the school has an orchestra, wind and chamber ensembles and
recorder groups. There is also a variety of productions each year. A strong art
and design department is in new accommodation, with an artist in residence. A
range of games and sports is available; many teams are successful nationally,
particularly in badminton and hockey. Young Enterprise and the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award are well established and successful and there are numerous
clubs and societies. Girls are encouraged to contribute to community service in
the local area. Each form adopts a charity and works for its support.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18, 560 day girls.
Entrance: Main entry age 11, 16. Own entrance exam used; for sixth-form
entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade B (grade A in sixth-form subjects). State school
entry, 40% main intake plus some at 16.
Scholarships & bursaries 10–15 pa scholarships, academic and music,
value 10%–50% fees (5+ each at 11 and 16). Variable number of bursaries.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Miss Susan Ross, in post from 1994. Educated at West
Hartlepool High, and at universities of Manchester (physics) and Cambridge
(PGCE). Previously Deputy Head and Head of Science at Godolphin & Latymer, and
Assistant Physics teacher at Putney High.
Teaching staff: 43 full time, 15 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 92 pupils in Year 11: all gained at least grade C in 5+
subjects. Average GCSE score 62 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 60 in upper sixth, 100% passed in 3+ subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 400.
University & college entrance 99% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (15% after a gap year), 8% to Oxbridge. 4% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 10% in science & engineering, 18% in
humanities & social sciences, 2% in art, design, music & performing arts, 2% in
vocational subjects eg architecture, law, accountancy, 46% in other subjects or
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20 GCSE subjects, 22 AS/A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3–4 at
A-level; in addition, all take AS-level general studies (no A-level). 25% take
science A-levels; 30% arts/humanities; 45% both. Students encouraged to develop
key skills but not examined.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Those with mild dyslexia and hearing impairment
Languages: French and Latin (from Year 7), German (Year 8) and Spanish
(Year 10) all offered to GCSE, AS and A-level. Typically 50% take GCSE in more
than one language. Regular exchanges. German work experience exchange for sixth
ICT: Taught as a discrete subject (2 lessons a week); most students take
Clait 2. 100+ computers for pupil use (9 hours a day), all networked and with
e-mail and internet access.
Music: 68% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. Typically 20 take GCSE, 6 A-level; music and music technology offered.
Musical groups include orchestras, wind band, choirs, baroque and early music
groups, saxophone, clarinet, brass, guitar and flute ensembles. Recent
performances include Grease, Oliver!, Bugsy Malone, The Messiah.
Drama & dance: Both offered in Year 7; LAMDA, Guildhall and Victoria
College exams may be taken. Many pupils involved in school productions, eg
recently A Tale of Two Cities, The Godfather.
Art & design: Typically 30 take GCSE, 8 A-level. Disciplines include oil
painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics. Artist in residence. Regular trips
to galleries and museums, and annual residential trips.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, athletics, health related fitness, tennis, gym,
dance compulsory. In addition: indoor hockey, badminton, aerobics, table-tennis,
volleyball, trampolining, cross-country, fencing, rugby, football. Sixth form
only: squash, weight-training, golf, swimming, ice-skating. County swimming and
netball finalists, badminton champions, winners Southern indoor hockey
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
(strongly supported). Community service optional. Clubs include young engineers,
history, French, IT, chess, orienteering, computing, technology. Successful
Young Enterprise in sixth form.
Uniform: Uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: No competitive houses or prefects. Head girl and
deputies elected by the school. School Council. Mentoring scheme for Year 7
Religion: Attendance at religious worship compulsory (but pupils may be
withdrawn at parents’ request).
Social: Some events with local schools including public speaking,
debating, quizzes and music. Regular ski trips and educational visits (including
residential art trips to eg New York, Paris). Pupils allowed to bring own car,
bike, motorbike to school. Meals self-service. School shop. No alcohol or
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect a
warning, if no adequate explanation. Detention an option but rarely required.
School Council produced school code of conduct.